Matusz: Time to regroup
Brian Matusz did his best to put on a positive face after he got the news that he was being sent to Triple-A Norfolk to work back into shape, but the hurt was written all over his face. This has been a terribly frustrating time for a young man who was 7-1 with a sub-.2.00 ERA during the final months of last season and looked like he was ready to own the No. 2 slot in the Orioles rotation.
"It's going to be tough,'' he said. "I'm not getting it done up here. It's not fair to the team. I need to get down there, work with Mike Griffin and get back where I was before."
There continues to be questions about Matusz's health, but he made it crystal clear that he is "100 percent healthy." Manager Buck Showalter would not guarantee that Matusz is 100 percent, but he said a DL assignment was not discussed when he met with Matusz after the game.
"I'm not going to smugly say he's not (hurt),'' Showalter said. "I can only go on what he tells me."
Matusz said he believes that his mechanics are fine and that he needs to get down to Norfolk and rebuild his arm strength, put on some muscle and improve his overall conditioning. Brady Anderson has been working with him and said he will head down to Norfolk in a few days.